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Fabric Covered Framed Chalkboard

Now that Halloween has come and gone, have your thoughts gone directly to Thanksgiving? ?I know mine have. It is my favorite holiday and I always want to make it as special as I can. Since today is November 1st and there are 24 days until Thanksgiving, I thought I would show you what I made using the latest surprise box of Waverly Inspirations products I was sent. I love chalkboards and decided to make a fabric covered framed chalkboard using as many products in the box as I could.

This post is brought to you in partnership with Waverly Inspirations and its parent company, Iconix. I?am?compensated?for my?expertise and all opinions and ideas in this post are 100% my own. Find my?full disclosure policy,?here.

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If you like chalkboards and entertaining, you may like this project as it takes a basic chalkboard and kicks it up a notch on the style scale since you can choose fabric to coordinate with your kitchen or dining room decor.

I plan to hang this on the wall in my kitchen, but since the kitchen is still in makeover mode, I placed it in a stand to show you. Thanksgiving is the only time of year that I embrace the color brown. :-) ?I love the chalk pencils that came with the chalkboard…;they are the best I have ever used.

Here are the decorating goodies that were in this month’;s box. I used Waverly Inspirations chalk paint to paint the words, Menutoddler pillow cases, Main Course, Sides, and Dessert on the chalk board so they are permanent and used two of the fabrics to cover a frame.

I bought a frame and a magnetic chalkboard in the home decor aisle at Walmart. The chalkboard fits perfectly inside the frame.

Making the menu chalkboard is fairly easy, but I have broken the steps into 5 sections to make it even easier for you to follow. The first step is covering the frame, then, attaching the chalkboard to the frame, followed by how to attach nailneads and then how to make ribbon using fabric. Lastly how to transfer an image and fonts onto the chalkboard.

supplies needed:

All supplies to make the Fabric Covered Framed Chalkboard can be bought at Walmart.

To cover the frame, remove the glass and backing if possible. Then cover the frame as you would if you were wrapping a gift. It is not hard. I used Mod Podge to glue the fabric to the frame and then seal the fabric.You do not have to seal the fabric. ?I did so that in the future if and when it gets dusty, I can use a wet cloth to clean the fabric.

Optional: ?Use Mod Podge to glue ribbon to the back of frame to hide the raw edges of the fabric.

My challenge from Waverly was to use as much of the contents from the box of fabric and paints they sent me. I made ribbon from one of the fabrics, but you can simply use ribbon. Here is how I made it.

Upholstery nails or tacks come in different finishes. I used Antique Brass to attach fabric ribbon around the sides of the frame.

I took this photo from this angle so you could see the side and how the chalkboard fits right into the inset in the inner part of the photo frame opening.

Once you have the frame covered with fabric you can attach the chalkboard.

This is where my retail display training comes in. When I had to make something in an afternoon for a store display and only had the things available in the prop room, I had to be resourceful. To make sure the chalkboard stays secure in the fabric covered frame, I needed to make some lifts to glue onto the glass. ?To do this, I cut corrugated cardboard into small squares and made 6 piles of 3 squares. This is needed to level the glass with the wood frame. ?The cardboard raises the level. I used hot glue to attach the cardboard squares to each other in each pile and then to the glass.

I used Liquid Nails around the outer edge of the glass. Place chalkboard in. Let dry.

I don’;t have a photo of this, but the chalkboard will lay right into the fabric covered frame as shown above. Remove any glue that may get on the fabric with a wet lint-free cloth.

The chalkboard came with 2 chalkboard pencils. I attached one of them to a piece of ribbon and then made a ribbon loop bow at the other end. I attached it with an upholstery nail and then notched the ends of the ribbon.

The words…;Menu, Main Course, Sides, and Dessert are painted on the fabric covered framed chalkboard using Waverly Inspirations chalk paint. They are permanent. I used a chalk pencil –; best invention ever to finely print what will be served in my own hand as well as draw the oak leaf and acorn design at the top.

Click here to download the:?Menu Category .pdf ?that I used. The font is not a freebie, I bought it. It is called Malisia Script Regular.

Click here to download the oak leaf design: Oak Leaves and Acorn Design

2. Make chalk marks all along the center of the board. Center each word using the folded crease and the marks on the chalkboard. Use painter’;s tape to secure.

3. Use a sharp pencil to trace over each letter in all the words.

4. When you remove the paper, you will be left with a tracing of chalk. It may be dark or light depending on how much chalk you initially rubbed on the back and the pressure you use. Go over with a chalk pencil to define each letter.

Use a fine-tipped artist brush to paint the words using Waverly Inspirations Chalk Paint. ?I used the larger tipped brush for the word “;menu”; and the finer tip for the rest…; Main Course, Sides, and Dessert.

Use a paper plate to help you keep paint off the chalkboard as you permanently paint on each word. ?I used the chalk paint colors:

White, Plaster, Pumpkin, Celery, and Maize.

Shake the paint well before using. I needed two coats of paint for the larger letters. Let dry overnight.

You now have a fabric covered framed chalkboard to coordinate with your decor.

Before writing with chalk on your chalkboard you should season it to deter ghosting. It is simple to do. Rub the side of a piece of chalk over the entire board. Let is sit for an hour and then remove it with a lint-free cloth.

For more chalkboard ideas, check out this post: Thanksgiving Decorating Idea Using a Chalkboard?&; Free Turkey Printable.

Once dry, use chalk or chalk pencils to write what you will be serving under each menu category. ?When the meal is done and you are cleaning up, you can erase the chalk, but the words..Menu, Main Course, Sides and Dessert will be ready for the next time you use the chalkboard.

What are you serving for dinner on Thanksgiving. I have always oven-roasted my turkey, but now that I am living in the south, I am seeing turkey fryers in every store I go into. ?Do you oven roast your turkey or deep fry it?


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